Unlocking Your Smartphone: 8 Smart Tricks for Forgotten Passwords on Android and iPhone

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Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you've forgotten your smartphone's password, PIN, or unlock pattern? Don't fret, because we've compiled 8 clever methods to regain access to your locked Android or iPhone (iOS) device. Some of these methods are surprisingly simple to execute.

1. Forgot Pattern: Best Choice for Android 4.4 or Earlier

If you're using Android 4.4 or an earlier version, you can utilize the "forgot pattern" feature with these steps:

   a. Attempt to unlock your phone multiple times.

   b. Choose the "forgot pattern" option that will appear.

   c. Enter your Google account username and password.

   d. After successful login, reset your screen lock.

2. Find My Device: Google's Swift Solution

You can also make use of "Find My Device" or Android Device Manager provided by Google. Here's how:

   a. Visit the Android Device Manager website at (https://www.google.com/android/find).

   b. Sign in with your Google account linked to your device.

   c. Select "Lock" and set a new password.

   d. Unlock your device with the new password.

3. Samsung Find My Mobile: Exclusive for Samsung Users

Samsung smartphone users can employ Samsung Find My Mobile with these steps:

   a. Visit the official Samsung Find My Mobile website at https://www.findmymobile.samsung.com/.

   b. Log in to your Samsung account.

   c. Choose "Lock" and set a new password.

   d. Wait a few minutes, and your lock screen password will be updated.

4. Google Smart Lock: Solution for Android 5.0 or Newer

Smart Lock can be used on Android 5.0 or newer versions with various methods like facial recognition, fingerprint, Wi-Fi connection, smartwatch, or other devices.

5. Using ADB: Advanced User's Alternative

Using ADB requires enabling USB Debugging first. Here are the steps:

   a. Connect your phone to a PC or laptop via a USB cable.

   b. Open the command prompt (CMD).

   c. Execute the command "adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key" to access the ADB directory.

   d. Restart your phone, and the lock screen password will disappear.

   e. Set a new password before the next restart.

6. Crash Lockscreen: For Android 5.0-5.1.1 Lollipop

Android 5.0-5.1.1 Lollipop users can exploit a bug with these steps:

   a. Select the emergency call button when the screen is locked.

   b. Enter 10 asterisks (*).

   c. Copy and paste those 10 asterisks until the character count doubles.

   d. Open the camera shortcut.

   e. Pull down the notification window from the top.

   f. Tap the Settings icon and enter a password.

   g. Paste and repeat several times until the lock screen crashes.

7. Factory Reset: The Last Resort

If all else fails, you can perform a factory reset, but be aware that all data on the internal storage will be erased. Here's how:

   a. Turn off the phone you want to reset.

   b. Turn it back on using specific button combinations depending on the brand.

   c. Select "Wipe Data" or "Factory Reset."

   d. Press OK.

   e. Choose "Reboot system now" to restore your phone to factory settings.

8. Unlocking Your iPhone Password

For iPhones, you can unlock the password by performing a recovery using a Mac or PC. Follow these steps:

   a. Use a Mac or PC with iTunes (for PCs, ensure Windows 10 or a newer version is installed).

   b. Power off your iPhone according to its type.

   c. Activate recovery mode on your iPhone.

   d. Connect your iPhone to the computer and locate it in Finder or iTunes.

   e. Select "Restore" or "Update" to begin the recovery process.


These are the 8 methods you can try if you've forgotten the password for your smartphone, whether it's Android or iPhone (iOS). Give them a shot, and good luck!

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